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January 7, 2014

Mayoral candidate to lead Jeffersonville council

Dennis Julius chosen as council president

JEFFERSONVILLE — A mayoral candidate in Jeffersonville was chosen as president of the city council on Monday. Whether that might cause any conflict with the current mayor remains to be seen.

Dennis Julius will lead the council, replacing Connie Sellers, whose term as president had expired. Lisa Gill was chosen as the council’s vice president. Julius was the vice president in 2013.

Julius has also already thrown his hat into the ring for the 2015 mayoral election, and would oppose Mike Moore in a reelection campaign should he choose to run. Moore has yet to announce whether or not he will run for a second term.

Despite disagreements between the council and the mayor’s administration, the council does not believe it will create any issues with Julius’ appointment to president.

Ed Zastawny, who seconded the motion to make Julius the new president, said he did so because he felt it was good to offer bipartisanship to the council and promotes cooperation among the members to have a minority party member in a leadership position.

Zastawny is a Republican and Julius is a Democrat.

“I thought it did well for cohesiveness and for the council to work together,” Zastawny said of having the minority party in a leadership position. “There’s been contention with every president, with myself and Connie [Sellers] who are Republicans,” Zastawny added of Moore’s administration. “I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference.”

Julius agreed and said that he hopes to keep lines of communication open with the mayor’s office.

When asked if he believed his appointment as president would create any issues in working with the mayor’s office, Julius said, “not on my part.”

Moore too, said it would not be an issue for him.

“I look forward to working with him,” he said of Julius. “I think the relationship with the city council has improved greatly over the past few months.”

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